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3.68 | 12 ratings | 2 reviews | 9% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1989

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Black Mountain Side (2:57)
2. Black Year (4:46)
3. Big Idea (5:16)
4. Wish (5:26)
5. Station (5:04)
6. Start (4:22)
7. Mile 234 (6:23)
8. 100 Moons (5:22)
9. Wait (2:15)
Three Letters:
10. Part 1 (2:49)
11. Part 2 (3:07)
12. Part 3 (5:03)

Total Time: 52:52

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Tibbetts / guitars, dobro, kalimba, pianolin, tapes
- Marc Anderson / congas, steel drums, percussion, berimbau
- Marcus Wise / tabla
- Michelle Kinney / cello

Releases information

ECM 1380 839 253-2

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STEVE TIBBETTS Big Map Idea ratings distribution

(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
Good, but non-essential (36%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

STEVE TIBBETTS Big Map Idea reviews

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Review by admireArt
4 stars Before anything else, this is music related to Prog. Unwise to think otherwise!

Neither the tagging, this is not close to Rock nor Jazz. Maybe the unexistent "Progressive/World/Ambient" music tagging will suit it better. On the other hand as soon as there is a TABLA among your instruments, you will be pushed to the other exotic "Indo Prog Raga/Rock" sub-genre, which this work is neither. The never ending problems of "tagging".

Anyway, if permitted to avoid them, this Steve Tibbets "Big Map Idea", is close in spirit to another "world-music" artist, Michael Hedges also a guitarist (who departed to other realms, tragically in 1997). Therefore, if you are more or less aquainted with Hedges' works, this works is in the same creative vein.

If not, let's compare this music to an "imaginary" character, like a less flash, far more creative, less "religious", nature-loving John McLaughlin, breeded with Jimmy Page's "raw" to the bone mysticism and acoustic guitar "unpolished" feeling. (Mr. Page comes to mind due to the magnifIcent "cover" of "Black Mountain Side", track 1).

Slow paced, perfectly rich in ideas, without any kind of "fireworks". And as mentioned, this is music by its own, related to prog. Not the other way around!

Climb the ladder...!

****4 perfect PA stars, no less!

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3 stars This is one of many (but not all) of Tibbetts recordings that is an intricate mixture of guitar and percussion. To me, the billing on these albums should be Tibbetts and Anderson, referring to Marc Anderson, who frequently accompanies Steve and arranges the percussion tracks. Tibbetts is the d ... (read more)

Report this review (#105485) | Posted by Flemdido | Wednesday, January 3, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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